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Wry, touching, and sharply attuned to the ambivalence, atomization, and illusion of control that characterize modern life, Happy for You is a story of a young woman at a crossroads that movingly explores how, even in this mediated world, our emotions, contradictions, and vulnerabilities have a transformative power we could never predict.
Claire Stanford has fiction and essays that have appeared in The Rumpus, Tin House Flash Fridays, Black Warrior Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and other publications. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her work has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Born and raised in Berkeley, she lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD candidate in English at UCLA.
Stanford will be in conversation with Weike Wang, the author of Chemistry and Joan is Okay. She is the recipient of the 2018 Pen Hemingway, a Whiting award and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares and The New Yorker, among other publications. She is in the 2019 Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prizes. She earned her MFA from Boston University and her other degrees (a bachelors in chemistry and a doctorate in epidemiology) from Harvard. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, Barnard College and Columbia University.